Turn your computer into a police scanner…


by John Hoff | July 11, 2009 • One of the readers of this blog provided an interesting internet link which allowed me to transform my computer into a police scanner in a couple clicks of a mouse. With no effort at all, and no cost, I was soon listening to reports of stolen cars and no-account thugs causing trouble at an apartment complex.

The Adventures of Johnny Northside: Being the amazing, true-to-life adventures and (very likely) misadventures of a divorced man who seeks to take his education, activism and seemingly boundless energy to the North Side of Minneapolis, to help with a process of turning an arguably-blighted neighborhood into something approaching Urban Utopia. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be near my child. This blog is dedicated to my 12-year-old son Alex, and his dream of studying math and robotics at MIT.

Oh, my word.

Police scanners are much too addictive.

Information technology is one of the key advantages which pro-city “revitalizers” have in the battle to take our neighborhood back from thugs and transform our surroundings into Urban Utopia. So, naturally, I want to share this resource with my regular readers.

Here it is, and I hope the link works as well for readers as it did for me:


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